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Show MIDI view

The Show MIDI view, which appears in the Footer part of the Unify GUI window, allows you to visualize MIDI events coming into Unify from a MIDI keyboard (or played back from a MIDI track in a DAW). You can also generate MIDI events by clicking on some of the controls in this view, which can sometimes be useful for testing, but note that generated MIDI events are internal to Unify and cannot be recorded in your DAW.

To see the Show MIDI view, click on the MIDI connector icon at the left end of the Icon Strip.

The Show MIDI view consists of a group of vertical-bar controls at the left, a keyboard, and three small controls at the right-hand side.


The keyboard area allows you to visualize MIDI note-on and note-off events, as the keys will be highlighted with colors when notes are played. Just below the keyboard is a long, thin horizontal strip which lights up with color when the MIDI sustain-pedal (CC#64) is depressed.

Starting with Unify v1.8, Unify supports a new Key Zones system, whereby specific regions of the keyboard can be assigned different colors.

You can also click notes on the keyboard with your mouse to generate MIDI note events, but note these are internal to Unify and cannot be recorded in your DAW.

The width and range of the keyboard can be set by clicking on the top button at the very right-hand end of the Show MIDI view, which pops up a small menu like this:

Pitch-bend and CC strips

To the left of the keyboard, you will see a number of vertical strip controls, which indicate MIDI pitch-bend and continuous-controller (CC) activity. How many strips appear depends on the setting of the button in the middle at the right-hand end of the Show MIDI view, which pops up a small menu when clicked:

The leftmost strip indicates pitch-bend activity. The others are for specific MIDI CC's, and each one has a number at the top to indicate which MIDI CC it is monitoring. Right-clicking (or Ctrl+clicking) anywhere in the CC strip pops up a large menu from which you can change its assigned CC number:

You can also (left-)click and drag up/down in any of the vertical strip controls (or use the mouse wheel) to generate corresponding MIDI pitch-bend and CC events. These are internal to Unify and cannot be recorded in your DAW.

Global Transpose control

At the very bottom-right corner of the Show MIDI view you will find the Global Transpose control, which allows you to define a signed offset (in semitones) to be applied to ALL Unify MIDI and Instrument layers, and thus transpose the entire instrument.

The Global Transpose control can be adjusted in the same three ways as the transpose boxes found in each MIDI and Instrument layer:

  • Click and drag up/down with the mouse
    • If you hold down the Alt key (on a PC) or the Option key (on a Mac), the value will change by octaves
  • Right-click (or Ctrl+clicking) to pop up a small edit box, enter a value in semitones (may be negative) and hit the Enter key.
showmidi.txt · Last modified: 2022/02/11 18:58 by shane